Exchanging Gifts

The kids that come to the U.S. as exchange students are tremendous.  They are amazing young people that courageously leave their homes to spend almost a year abroad. They do this out of a hope that the experience will bolster their futures, improve their English skills, and strengthen their future careers.  More and more, English is considered…

On Couch Surfing

I was a couch surfing host before I worked with exchange students. I get asked sometimes how I came to be involved with the exchange student program.  In a roundabout sort of way, Couch Surfing led me here. When I was a young adult I really wanted to travel the world.  I actually applied and was…

Exchange Students: GOALS

I started working for Cultural Homestay International in April as Developing Academic Program Administrator. Essentially, I’m responsible for growing an exchange program that places international high school students with volunteer host families for a semester or academic year. More commonly, the academic year. I LOVE cultural exchange and I’m sure I’ll write much much more…

Self Care: What’s That?

It might be a terrible idea to try to crank out 4 blog posts right. now. But I am. I’m doing it to get myself organized and after that my goal will be to post 2-3 a week. There are 3 categories that I’m talking about in this blog. Exchange Student Program Social Issues & Being a…

Let’s do this.

I’m Helen.  I’ve been meaning to getting around to this. Blogging. My blog is for myself in a number of ways. It is my hope that stating my goals in a public space will help me keep myself accountable. Thanks for helping, internet. 😉 As I write, “To state my goals…” I feel a wince in my brain…